Knowsley Council has unveiled its new Empty Homes Strategy in an attempt to reduce the number of unused houses in the borough.
The launch coincides with national Empty Homes Week (28 November – 2 December), which aims to raise awareness of the problems created by empty properties and how they can be tackled.
Knowsley Council is supporting the campaign and is encouraging residents to report empty properties so that the necessary steps are undertaken to work with owners to bring them back into use.
Knowsley’s Empty Homes Strategy 2016-21 aims to create more housing opportunities for existing and potential new residents. One of the specific intentions of the strategy is to have no homes empty for five years or more.
Councillor Brian O’Hare, Knowsley Council’s cabinet lead member for regeneration and economic development, says: “Tackling empty homes is a national and local priority as they serve as a wasted housing opportunity at a time when housing demand is outstripping supply.
“I’m confident that, through a co-ordinated approach with our local partners, we can continue to tackle the blight that these empty homes can have on our local communities and make those homes available for new occupancy where they are needed most.”